CDC appoints permanent lab safety chief
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP News | Sep 15, 2015
CDC / James Gathany
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the permanent appointment of its first associate director for laboratory science and safety, the agency’s latest step in addressing a string of safety breaches.
The appointment of Stephan Monroe, PhD, who was named as the acting associate director for laboratory science and safety in May, marks the first time the agency’s top lab administrator has reported directly to the CDC director.
Creation of a single point person for lab safety accountability first surfaced in a series of steps the CDC announced in July 2014 in the wake an anthrax incident the month before at one of its labs. At around the same time, the CDC revealed that a lab sample unintentionally cross-contaminated with highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza had been shipped to a US Department of Agriculture lab.